US - Japan

Chronology from May 2019 to Aug 2019

: President Trump and PM Abe meet  on sidelines of G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.

: Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi and USTR Lighthizer announce Japan and the US have agreed to the outlines of a trade agreement.

: US and Japan propose an amendment to the Open Skies air transport agreement to expand passenger service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and the US.

: US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun travels to Japan.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga suggests that Japan may send Maritime Self-Defense Force ships to join the US in protecting shipping off the coast of Iran.

: Defense Secretary Mark Esper urges Prime Minister Abe and Defense Minister Iwaya to consider joining the US-led coalition to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf.

: Seventh Japan-US Non-Proliferation Dialogue is held in Tokyo.

: Secretary of State Pompeo, Foreign Minister Kono, and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related meetings in Thailand.

: US and Japan release a joint statement on Japan-United States Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP).

: Secretary Pompeo, FM Kono, and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia Marise Payne hold ninth US-Japan-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related meetings in Thailand. Joint Statement

: Secretary Pompeo calls for a “standstill agreement” between Japan and South Korea to lessen tensions.

: FM Kono and Secretary Pompeo speak by telephone about North Korea and other issues.

: Japan and US agree to revise Guidelines Regarding Off-Base US Military Accidents in Japan.

: Sixth meeting of US-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space. Joint Statement

: National Security Adviser John Bolton visits Tokyo and meets Foreign Minister Kono, Defense Minister Iwaya, and Yachi Shotaro, a security adviser to Prime Minister Abe.

: Japan holds election for the House of Councillors.

: US Embassy in Tokyo confirms that Ambassador William Hagerty will step down later in July to prepare for a Senate run in 2020.

: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell visits Tokyo.

: Secretary Pompeo and FM Kono speak by telephone about North Korea and Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un.

: FM Kono and Secretary Pompeo meet on sidelines of G20 Summit in Osaka.

: Prime Minister Abe, President Trump, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold the second Trilateral Summit Meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka.

: Newspaper reports suggest that President Trump has discussed withdrawing from the US-Japan Security treaty with advisers. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga later says that the White House denied any such considerations took place.

: FM Kono meets Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, Commander of US Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force, in Tokyo.

: President Trump and PM Abe speak by telephone about the upcoming G20 Summit and Iran.

: Japan-US Extended Deterrence Dialogue is held in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.

: Finance Minister Taro Aso Taro and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin meet to discuss the global economy and trade tensions between the US and China.

: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan meets Prime Minister Abe, Defense Minister Iwaya, Foreign Minister Kono, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga in Tokyo.

: Senior officials from Japan, the United States, Australia, and India meet for consultations in Bangkok on a free and open Indo-Pacific.

: Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and USTR Lighthizer hold talks on a bilateral trade deal in Tokyo.

: President Trump visits Japan and meets Prime Minister Abe and others.

: FM Kono and Secretary Pompeo speak by telephone about President Trump’s upcoming visit to Tokyo.

: President Trump directs US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to explore raising tariffs on automobiles and related products, particularly from Japan and the EU, to 25% within six months.

: Foreign Minister Kono Taro meets Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea, in Tokyo.

: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue meets Agricultural Minister Yoshikawa Takimori to discuss the removal of tariffs on farm products in Niigata.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide visits the United States and meets Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence.

: President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo speak by telephone about North Korea and Trump’s upcoming visit to Japan.

: The United States and Japan hold a Joint High-Level Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation. Joint Statement

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